William C. Houston

William Cannon Houston (March 17, 1852 – August 30, 1931) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 5th congressional district of Tennessee.

William Cannon Houston
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1919
Preceded byJames D. Richardson
Succeeded byEwin L. Davis
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornMarch 17, 1852 (1852-03-17)
Shelbyville, Tennessee
DiedAugust 30, 1931 (1931-08-31) (aged 79)
Cannon County, Tennessee
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Lizzie Minor McLemore Houston

newspaper publisher





Born in Shelbyville, Tennessee in Bedford County, Houston moved with his mother to Woodbury, Tennessee in Cannon County in 1858. He attended the schools of Woodbury and Sweetwater, Tennessee. He engaged in agricultural pursuits and later in the publication of a newspaper.


Houston was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1877 to 1879 and from 1881 to 1885. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1878, and commenced practice in Woodbury, Tennessee. He was a member of the Democratic state executive committee in 1888. He was chairman of the Democratic state convention in 1888. He was elected judge of the eighth judicial circuit in 1894, was re-elected in 1902, and served until he was elected to Congress.[1]

Elected as a Democratic to the Fifty-ninth and the six succeeding Congresses, Houston served from March 4, 1905 to March 3, 1919,[2] and was not a candidate for renomination in 1918. He was the chairman of the United States House Committee on the Census during the Sixty-second Congress and chairman of the United States House Committee on Territories during the Sixty-third through Sixty-fifth Congresses. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1920.[3]

Death and legacyEdit

Houston died on his Beaver Dam Plantation near Woodbury, Tennessee on August 30, 1931. He is interred at Riverside Cemetery near Woodbury, Tennessee.[4] His son, Frank K. Houston, became a banking executive.


  1. ^ "William C. Houston". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  2. ^ "William C. Houston". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  3. ^ "William C. Houston". A Familytree.net. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  4. ^ "William C. Houston". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 1 May 2013.

External linksEdit

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James D. Richardson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Ewin L. Davis